Donegal 1-14 Cork 1-5
|Young Donegal supporters Ryan and Darragh Rush.|
Cork were handed a tough assignment to get their 2012 championship season started when they drew the men from the other end of the country. Donegal, who are looking very strong at this early stage, proved too much for Cork, and the northerners added two points to their tally in the quest for the 2012 senior football championship. For much of the first half Donegal kept their southern counterparts scoreless, and tallied a goal and six points without getting into top gear. Garbhan Friel netted the goal and points came from Brian White, Niall O’Connell, and Michael McGinty. Cork battled away and generated some positive moves, the goal coming late in the first half from Peter Kirwan at corner forward.
The second was more of the same. Rocky Ivers, Kieran Williams, and Brian Donnelly all did well in keeping the door shut on any hope Cork had of denting the Donegal lead, while Cork did manage to make the scoreline somewhat respectable. Packie Leddy and Mike Moynihan accounted for points for the rebels. Donegal looking good early on and with Kerry getting a draw against Galway find themselves on top of the table.
Donegal: P. Boyle, D. Doyle, M. Canning, P. Wanish, C. Bell, K. Mulhern, B. White, B. Donnelly, N. O’Connell, M. McGinty, R. Ivers, G. Friel, C. Williams. Cork: J. O’Toole, C. Caffrey, E. Driscoll, M. Lee, J. Hogan, D. Mulvey, P. Leddy, M. Burke, E. O’Sullivan, M. Moynihan, J. Crowley, P. Kirwan, D. Hughes.
By Rory O'Donnell